The Route of the Hapsburg and Bourbon Royalty
The best way to discover Madrid is by walking, the way locals do it. Enjoy a walking tour of Madrid’s historic quarter, when you follow the Route of Velazquez and the Hapsburgs and Bourbon Royalty. You’ll walk by La Puerta del Sol and the thriving Plaza Mayor.
Continue through the many narrow streets of Old Madrid full of history and hidden Convents. You will visit Madrid’s Our Lady of Almudena Cathedral, The Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi and Convent of the Royal Barefoot Sisters, where you will find great works by masters Rubens, Coello and Titian. Your final stop will be the magnificent Royal Palace and Florentine Gardens, which you will tour facing Madrid’s Opera House on one side and offering great panoramic views on the other.
Be sure to stroll through one of Madrid’s large magnificent parks and gardens, or the Park El Retiro once the private hunting grounds of Kings. Now it’s a favorite get-away and relaxing place for walks, rowing. Or you might want to visit La Casa de Campoor the Juan Carlos I Park, among others which make Madrid one of Europe’s greenest capitals.